Day five: Dryden, ON, to Jackfish Lake, ON
Odometer: 17480-18170: 690km
Well, I got up kinda late, and the day started on the late side. I was worried to begin with, because I had planned a long, 800-900km day, but I ended up with a shorter day. This was because I had two tour guides/co-riders today. Ron rode with me for the morning, and at noon, we were met by his friend, Steve (Old Fart at Play), in Atikokan.
Between Dryden and Atikokan
You'd have to ask Ron what he's hiding behind his back.
We kept rolling at a laid-back pace. It was so nice to ride with others for the day. Especially other guys who knew the area and could show me some of the places to see. These guys were smart when it came to riding, and rode at a pace that was comfortable for all. I can't get over how much I appreciated their company.
The arctic/atlantic divide
Terry Fox Memorial overlooking Lake Superior
I forget the name of the canyon, but it was quite spectacular, especially for being in Ontario.
Ron and Steve
Supper: great home cooking at this place. Bison breakfast sausages and all that went with them. You can see in this picture that Ron and Steve are almost ready to go and I'm still taking pictures. This happened often, and although they didn't say anything about it, I know they were snickering at the noob.
I must mention that Steve was riding his Vstrom 650, a bike that I've had my eye on for some time now, and he was gracious enough to let me try it out. My next bike will indeed be a Vstrom 650. I just think it will work better for the riding I plan on doing.
More falls I don't remember the name of.
That night, in Jackfish Lake, I spent the night in the same room Terry Fox had stayed in when he passed through.
The night ended with more cigars, whiskey, and friendly conversation with these two full-on riders. These guys rode nearly 700 kilometers with me for the simple sake of riding. I was floored.
It was a good day.